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Overwintering Pests Coming To A Home Near You

October 18, 2016

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In: Occasional Invaders  |  Rodents  |  Wildlife

As the colder weather moves in on us, so too will its guests - guests that are looking for a free place to live, demanding free meals, and asking for a warm bed. They will take it regardless of how old or new your house may be. They come with no manners and invite as many friends over as they like. Unwanted guests, or better known as pests, are not who you want controlling in your home this fall, pests such as rodents, wildlife, and their best buddies… fleas.

The colder weather forces pests to find warmer homes. All it takes is one to find a way in, and in a short matter of time others come along to join them. Rodents, such as rats or mice, carry many different types of bacterial and airborne diseases. As they run through sewers and scope out trash heaps and dumpsters, these rodents pick up many different diseases to carry along with them. Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), and Salmonellosis are just a few of the more than 35 diseases these rodents can carry. Not only do they carry diseases, but they also carry a close friend named the flea. A flea can help facilitate the spreading of diseases from a rodent. With fall, also comes fall allergies and colds, and the last thing you need is for these rodents to contribute to it.

Wildlife, rodents, stink bugs , and more all have one thing in common, and that is they are all looking for a warm place to live before the winter months come. Attics, walls, and basements are all good spots for these pests to set up shop. They search for any holes and cracks to enter through, and once they are in the damage begins. Stink bugs will live in walls and other quiet places, such as attics and crawl spaces. They may seem harmless to you and your home, but the smell is enough for you to want them out. Stink bugs are pretty quiet and not often seen through the fall and winter, but when spring arrives their presence will become known, and your house will become a stink bug hotel. Some will try to vacuum them up and hope that does the job, but this seldom helps and does nothing to address the reason you have the infestation in the first place. As for the rodents and wildlife, your insulation will become beds, your wires will become chew toys and become a fire hazard, and your peaceful nights will become sleepless quickly. The damage that will be made from any feces and urine will become an expensive repair. That smell combined with stink bugs will not make a pleasant fall scent for your home.

This is an experience that many have gone through and wouldn't want others to experience. Here are some helpful prevention tips to help keep your home pest-free this fall.

  • Seal any cracks or holes around your home

  • Repair any broken screens in windows and doors

  • Keep trash away from your home in a tightly sealed trash can

  • Keep a clean house, put away any leftovers in sealed containers, empty inside trash daily

  • Call American Pest Solutions and schedule an inspection

If an infestation has already occurred in your home, it is important that you call a professional as soon as possible. DIY pest control can be dangerous and ineffective. You want to treat the whole infestation, not just an individual pest or two. American Pest Solutions is here to help. Our educated professionals are ready to help provide the best care and service for you and home. We have safe and efficient treatments that will allow us to reach deep into the center of your infestation and eliminate it completely and will allow you to be worry-free and pest-free. Call us today and allow us to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Protecting your family from unwanted pests is what we do.

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